Have Feds Been Off the Job 25 Percent of the Time This Fiscal Year?

By Tom Shoop

February 19, 2014

Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times presented an interesting statistic yesterday: Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, federal agencies in Washington “have been closed in whole or in part for 27 of the 105 weekdays.”

In other words, the government in Washington has been open less than 75 percent of available days.

That’s a fairly incendiary factoid (“FEDS IN DC CLOSED 25% OF TIME!” screamed the Drudge Report in a tweet about the story). So it’s worth putting it in some perspective. Remember:

It’s clear that a chaotic political situation last year and cruel weather conditions this year have conspired to make it difficult for federal agencies to get their work done in fiscal 2014.  But that doesn’t mean that federal employees have just been at home with their feet up.


By Tom Shoop

February 19, 2014

http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/have-feds-been-job-25-percent-time-fiscal-year/79046/